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Welcome to the 2014- 2015 School Year
Dear Parkdale High School Students and Parent(s) and Guardian(s):
Welcome to a new and exciting school year!
I hope your summer was filled with opportunities to reflect, learn, and
grow. This school year will bring on new
opportunities as well as challenges.
Nevertheless, we will focus on being a Great School, located in a Great Community, servicing Great Families.
Our focus has helped us shape our new school mantra – Greatness, Nothing Less!
The staff is thrilled
that you have entrusted us with your children’s education. We will make every
effort to create an environment which is engaging, supportive, and
collaborative. Our goal is to help your
child achieve academically as well as socially.
Of course, we need and welcome your support and cooperation. You play a
key role in the academic success of our students; therefore, school/parent
communication is crucial.
We are dedicated to
fostering a safe, orderly, and nurturing environment with high expectations for
all students. We are committed to doing our part in ensuring your child
achieves academic excellence; and we look forward to working with you to
guarantee that our goal is achieved.
As the leader of Parkdale
High School, I strongly believe that every child can learn and achieve the
highest level of academic success with the proper preparation and support. To
ensure a successful school year please:
Ensure your child has the school uniform. We are a mandatory uniform
SCHOOL UNIFORMS ARE TO BE
WORN EVERY DAY BEGINNING WITH THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. All sweaters and jackets must comply with the
uniform expectation. No multicolored
sweaters and jackets.
DATES TO REMEMBER
We will continue to offer
classroom and school-based intervention strategies and support services for all
students who need them. Our instructional program
will be far more effective with your active participation. Your presence
is not only welcomed, but it is greatly needed!
Below you will find key information about the start of the school year. My staff and I look forward to working with
each and every one of you. Together, We
Will Achieve Greatness – Nothing Less!
Tanya L. Washington, Principal
SCHEDULES: On the first day of school, all students will
report to their administrative homerooms to receive their official schedules
and other information. Administrative
homeroom lists will be posted on the first day of school. Parents, please be reminded that students are
to bring home materials given to them during this time.
ID’S: All Parkdale students will receive a new
photo I.D. during the first month of school. Returning Parkdale students who
have I.D.’s from last year are encouraged to wear them on the first day. ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR THEIR
ID’S AROUND THEIR NECKS AT ALL TIMES in accordance with Section V of
the Prince George’s County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct. Students who lose their I.D.’s during the
school year must purchase a replacement badge at the full cost of $5.00. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Bus routing is computerized. Go
to www.pgcps.org for
bus information. You will receive a
letter from the Transportation Department indicating student a.m. and p.m.
routes with stops and times. Students
are not permitted to ride any bus other than their assigned route. If you have any questions in regard to
transportation, please contact Assistant Principal Sylvanus Jarrett.
Many students have book withholds.
Students must return their books or pay for their books prior to the
start of school on August 26, 2014.
Payment is accepted in the Main Office in cash or money order. NO PERSONAL CHECKS.
DEPARTURES: A note should be
sent to the Main Office the morning before all scheduled early departures. This note should include the student’s name,
the time, date and reason for the departure and a phone number where
parent/guardian may be reached to confirm.
Once confirmation has been made, the student will receive a pass and
will be called down to the Main Office when parent/guardian arrives for
departure. There will be no early
departures after 2:00 p.m. unless the Main Office has received a prior written
request as described above. Your child
will be paged to meet you after the final bell has rung at 2:25 p.m.
AND REDUCED LUNCH:
Free and reduced lunch applications will be available the first week of
school. Please read the application carefully. If your child qualifies, have him/her return
the completed form to the attendance office (room 115). If you have any questions, please contact
Assistant Principal Lori Taylor at ext. 3081.
MAIL: It is extremely
important that Parkdale maintains correct addresses, phone numbers and any
other pertinent information for its students.
This is a requirement by the State of Maryland and PGCPS for your safety. If there is any change of information that
should be updated in our records for the 2014-2015 school year, please contact
the Guidance Office immediately. Failure
to provide a correct address could result in a student’s withdrawal.
ATHLETICS: Practice sessions begin on August 13 for
football, soccer, volleyball, golf, cross country and cheerleading. In order to participate in a sport, a student
must have achieved a GPA of 2.0 or better without a grade of “E” during the
preceding quarter (4th quarter 2013-2014). Further, the following forms must be
completed: Sportsmanship Athletes and
Parents Code of Ethics; parental permission for participation in
Interscholastic Athletics; physical form; and, emergency care information
form. If you have any questions, please
contact Athletic Director Brian Moore at ext. 2021.
MANDATORY DRESS CODE
(tan) – Must be appropriately sized to eliminate bagging or sagging. Slacks are to be worn at the natural
waistline. No baggy pants. No jeans or
(tan) – May only be worn by male students.
or Skorts: Khaki (tan) – Skirts or skorts must be worn at the
Shirts: Black polo, dark green polo, white polo or
white button-down oxford. Shirts may be
short or long-sleeved. Shirts must be
tucked into pants, skirts, skorts or shorts.
No cropped shirts
Belts: Black or Brown – No ornamental belts are
Socks: Black, dark green, brown or white
Tights: Black, dark green, brown or white - Tights displaying
designs, graphics, fishnet holes, etc. are unacceptable.
color shoes, tennis shoes, boots in
black, brown or white. Note: Shoe logo (Nike Addidas, etc.) must be the
same color as the shoe (black or brown).
Heels on shoes should be no taller than one inch. No slippers or flip-flops
Coverings: As stated in the
PGCPS System-Wide Dress Code for Students:
“Headdresses may be worn indoors for religious or health reasons only.”
Sweaters & Fleece Jackets (optional): Black, dark
green or white
The following styles and fabrics ARE NOT PERMITTED:
stretch, tight, or form-fitting clothing
hooded clothing (with the exception of PHS sportswear and/or PHS hooded
blazers or sweaters around the waist
alterations to any clothing (cut-out holes, rips, drawings, etc.)
sunglasses are to be worn inside the building
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Parkdale High School, a diverse community of learners, provides well developed programs and learning experiences to increase the academic achievement and personal and social development which integrates the arts, technology, communication, and the core academic areas.
Parkdale High School fosters a safe, orderly and productive learning environment that stimulates and supports students that communicate effectively, think critically, solve problems and are technologically adaptive to a constantly changing world.
Parkdale High School, in partnership with the community, parents, and other stakeholders, through curricular and extra-curricular activities consistent with the Core Standards of Excellence ensures that students become responsible and accountable individuals committed to serving the wider community with honesty and integrity.
The Productive and Honorable Students of Parkdale High will be graduated in four years, college and career ready, and possess the skills necessary to make them life-long learners and valuable contributors in our technological and global society.